Summer Abroad France, "Americans in Paris" - Info Session Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 12 – 1pm
Summer Abroad France, "Americans in Paris" - Info Session
Campus Location:International Center
Room:2119
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Contact Phone #:530-752-5763
Event Type:Forums, Discussions and Information Sessions
Presented by:Study Abroad

Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “[A] walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” Exploring the city that mesmerized both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, who were the first Americans in Paris, we will examine why writers, from Jefferson to James Baldwin, wrote about Paris; why jazz musicians Sidney Bêchet and Cole Porter composed music in Paris; why Josephine Baker danced in Paris and became—along with Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel—a fashion icon; and why filmmakers such as Sophia Coppola and Woody Allen have featured Paris in their films. We will learn to read the city and report on its culture from the vantage point of young 21st-century Americans in Paris, and ask whether, still, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “[the] best of America drifts to Paris,” and “The American in Paris is the best American.”

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